A Family Affair at the NYC Marathon

Posted on July 3, 2019 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

After experiencing a loss, Mary-Ann raises funds for counselors and programs in her community.

Mary-Ann Guyler shares why this marathon holds a special place in her heart.

My name is Mary-Ann Guyler and I am excited to run with Catholic Charities in the 2019 New York Marathon. I first got involved with Catholic Charities after my brother’s sudden death at the age of 38. Michael was a counselor working with victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and drug addiction. He was very humble, never talking about his work.  I was overwhelmed hearing from his coworkers how Michael prevented a suicide, intervened at the request of law enforcement to diffuse domestic situations and counseled a woman to leave her home again.  Michael’s profession had a direct impact saving lives yet his compensation was not aligned with the values we cherish.

 I became involved with Catholic Charities to help raise funds for the counselors and programs which serve the less fortunate, offering them the opportunity to find happiness and peace.  I have been a Board Member of Catholic Charities – Monmouth County for 7 years, so I see and hear the statistics of the success of programs.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to raise money for Catholic Charities in NYC. Providing help and restoring hope takes all members of a local community and Catholic Charities is a fantastic organization which helps all people regardless of their race, gender or religion.

Running in the NYC 2019 marathon will be a family affair as both of my children are participating with my youngest, Kristen running with Catholic Charities as well. Catholic Charities Mission – Providing Help Creating Hope – will have personal meaning as well as the three of us encouraging each other during training with the goal of finishing the race!!

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